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[12/7/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Dec.07, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Tsuyoshi Nishioka will begin his workouts in Kansai on January 7.  He will then head to Hawaii for additional training during the second-half of the month.

Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2013

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Daiki Enokida was at ninety-one kilograms during spring camp and weighed eighty-eight to eighty-nine during the regular season.  He is now down to about eight-five to eighty-six kilograms.  He would like to maintain that weight to help take some of the strain of his legs.  He also plans to do more long-distance running.

Source: Sanspo 12/7/2013

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Takeshi Hidaka wants to improve his English and learn how to speak Korean.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2013

Atsushi Fujii is planning to study Korean.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2013

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Takahiro Arai is going to try a longer bat next season, from this year's 33.75 inches (85.73 centimeters) to 34.5 inches (87.63 centimeters).  The bat will be weighted toward the barrel.

Arai has used similar bats during practices, but never during regular season games.  Hiromitsu Ochiai was one of the last players to use a bat that was as long as 34.5 inches.

Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2013, Sanspo 12/7/2013

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The Tigers have received offers for broadcast rights from a number of TV stations in Korea.  The organization is also discussing the possibility of setting travel packages from Korea that include tickets to the game.

Source: Sanspo 12/7/2013, Sanspo 12/7/2013

Seung Hwan Oh is apparently a fan of Vita Coco Coconut Water.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/7/2013

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The Tigers want to take advantage of Masayuki Kakefu's popularity and are planning to sell some merchandise with his name on it.  Nothing specific has been decided, but possibilities include a retro number thirty-one uniform and t-shirts.  He might even get a lunch box.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/7/2013